It’s Someone’s First Birthday

My apologies for taking so long to post. But I have a good reason 🙂 You’ll see.

Can you guess who has just had his first birthday?

Some of you were around last year when Baby O arrived shortly after 9:00 am on February 19th. For others, this might even be a first introduction to Coen. Either way we are all about to experience the wonders of being one.

“PEEK” is still a favourite game at one.

We might as well get mom and dad into the picture as well.

Mom and Coen’s other grandma have made birthday cupcakes. He is given one all to himself. But the size is unusually enormous compared to the bite-size pieces that generally arrived on his dinner tray.

What is a boy to do? Well, at one and on a person’s first birthday no problem is so big it can’t be solved.

There! No problem at all! Okay, now it might be alright to touch it.

Happy First Birthday Coen.

Love Grandma Welch 🙂

 

SPROUT: What is the first great big humongous problem you remember solving?

 

Best of the weekend everyone and I shall get to my mother’s lipstick post soon 😉

 

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Josie’s Helleborus

Since yesterday was the first day of spring in Canada I thought it fitting to post this photo I took of Josie’s Helleborus on the weekend. To tell you the truth from the top these blooms are rather quiet and peaceful. But when you get down and have a look underneath – wow!

What a face to inspire!

And speaking of faces to inspire, you have most likely figured out that if I was at Josie’s house there was also someone else at home.

Here he is again a little more awake while having a bath.

Coen was one month old on Saturday!

No his fingernails are not dirty. He has a bit of gentian violet under them and also on his lips. It is the most deep purple blue colour a person can find and stains everything. It is also one of the best treatments for yeast overgrowth in breastfeeding which most likely came about because of a shot of antibiotic given to mom just before he was born as a prevention for something else. Such a fine balancing system we humans have and it is so easy to upset. It is extremely painful for nursing moms and also for babies if they get thrush in their mouths. Baby seems to be doing great but it is taking longer for mom to get better. Though the situation was much improved when I left on Saturday, some good old fashioned healing energy and get well wishes may be in order I think.

However, today being Monday it is time to get back to work. Here is a photo taken at Galiano Island as we were waiting for the ferry to load.

This photo of “Blue on blue” reminds me that I have a project or three to do.

This week’s canvas is 24 x 48 inches – long and lean. I have an image in mind but you will have to wait until Friday to see how far I get. One hint – it has nothing much to do with the images that I posted today.

Sprout question: What is the inspirational centre for your creative focus this week?

Also, I have three new photographs printed and framed to go in the display on the Queen of Nanaimo Ferry this week. If you are travelling this way you may want to have a browse.

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slow start but rolling

Ah, to sleep in on a Monday morning after a full weekend.

Oh my gosh.

Does it ever get any better than this?

We even caught some sun on a 5 km stroll along the sea.

Life is good.

Now it is time to get back to work.

This week I must get my books and paper work to the accountant so the taxes can be done. While I am in town, Miss Prissy (my 1991 Ford F150 4X4 pick up) will be scheduled for a check up.

There are also some unrelated-to-art projects in a crucial stage that require my full attention.

So with this in mind, my intention for the week is to finish one small painting I started last week, do the underpaintings for a couple of tiny canvases and pick up some large canvases when I am in town. We shall see. Friday will tell the story.

Sprout question: What are you glad you set aside this week so you could play at life?

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Baby Faces

It is easy to catch a relaxed smile when your subjects are looking at a baby – particularly their own baby.

Baby faces are inspiring, delightful, engaging and irresistible. They have been known to turn the hardest exterior to mush in seconds.

For your enjoyment, here are a few baby faces, from my three-day introduction to our newest member of the family…

Can someone please share their blanket with me?

Hey good looking…

Not fair!

ahhhh…

Sleeping now.

Don’t worry. I had this thumb before I was born. It came with me.

They dress me in the darndest things.

I hope you are smiling and maybe even giggled now.

Sprout question: What one of your creative expressions do you find as pleasing as baby faces?

Have a great weekend! My plan is to be back on a normal schedule next week and get some paintings in the works. Canvases are set aside. That is a start. I will share more about my intentions on Monday.

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Baby O has arrived

When you have a grandma with a blog, you get your pictures posted rather than put in a wallet. I received a phone call from baby o’s dad at 3 am Saturday morning. Catching the first ferry at 7:05 am I arrived at the Duncan hospital just in time to smile upon Coen Young O. (7 LB 1 OZ) as he was bundle into blankets and passed back to his mom.

Coen is definitely  a cuddle bug.

And here is another photo taken a few hours later.

And this is my favourite photo of dad and baby.

Baby O is doing great and so are mom and dad.

If by chance I don’t get my post up tomorrow, I hope you understand. My normal blogging schedule shall resume soon.

Sprout Question: What is your first memory?

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Visiting Baby O

Sunday at 8:15 am I was on the ferry to Swartz Bay. By 10:30 am I greeted my daughter and her husband at their home in Mill Bay. I was just in time for a waffle brunch.

My mom and dad, each of my children and me each have one of these cast iron antique stovetop waffle irons. They were designed for using on top of a wood cook stove but we use them on any heat source.

They make the best waffles.

Afterwards we went on a hike in Maple Bay.

Baby O has had quite the adventures before entering the world from long hikes, rock climbing, cycling, kayaking and snorkeling in the Gulf of Mexico. I will laugh very hard if once here, we are introduced to a couch potato who says… “Oh, been there done that!” to all outdoor activity.

Leaning on a beautiful arbutus Josie is her usual relaxed and happy self.

I am particularly fond of this black and white.

 

Baby O is 22 weeks or about half way to time of birth.

 

Sprout question: What creative subject has your attention today?

 

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Baby O

We have, as many of you know, many children. We also had a few weddings this past summer. One of these weddings has resulted in what used to be a common place event – the arrival of a bump.

With only a simple request, I was able to talk this lovely young woman into a photo shoot to capture these early days of the development of baby O.

In silhouette.

By the water.

Next the rocks with her natural blonde streak more pronounced than usual.

And just hanging out at the beach.

These photos were then sent to the soon-t0-be dad’s parents who are far away.  The due date for baby O is March 4th but we all know babies are born when they are ready.

There are many reasons why I might hesitate to post this time of wonder and celebration. However, I feel compelled to push forward anyway. I am happy to share with you, that I am looking forward to being a grandmother again.

Sprout Question: What sprouts new life into your creativity?

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From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada